JONESBORO, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas men's and women's track teams won four events at Friday's ASU Invitational in Jonesboro in their indoor season debut, including a sweep of the mile runs by Brooke Cassar and Corentin Louis.
Cassar, a freshman from Australia, won in a school-record time of 4:58.82. Senior Kayla Nehus was sixth (5:13.07) and senior Erika Setzler was ninth (5:25.26). On the men's side, Louis, a sophomore, won easily in 4:18.50, with Connor Ryan finishing third (4:27.27) and Jacob Sanders 10th (4:39.85).
Tanesha Maxwell grabbed another first place for UCA, winning the 55 meters in a time of 7.00, breaking her own school record. Tyaniah Cash was fifth (7.26). UCA's men's distance medley team of Jonathan Burgess, James Leonard, Nakita Higgins and Louis won the event in a time of 10:23.64.
Jordan Chadwick was second in the 800 meters (2:19.33), with Marine Lecart finishing fifth (2:22.24) and Brianna Stuepfert ninth (2:29.47). Amos Gerber was also second in the 5,000 meters in a time of 15:21.98, while Kenneth Stice was fourth (15:54.68) and Damarius Lowery sixth (16:11.35).
The team of Chance Tanner, Dustie Smith, Kelton Ray and Darrell Johnson came in second in the 4x400 relay in 3:23.32. UCA's Cassar, Nehus, Setzler and Lecart were second in the distance medley in a time of 12:40.07.
Alex Dorch finished third in the women's long jump (5.32 meters), while Burgess was third in the 3,000 meters (8:43.13) and Tanner was fourth in the 400 meters (50.21). UCA's women's 4x400 relay squad of Khadijah Smith, Jean Black, Kiara Armstrong and Chadwick finished fifth (4:10.91). Tanner also finished eighth in the 200 meters (22.63) and Leonard got up for eighth in the 800 meters (1:59.98). Cash was sixth in the women's 200 meters (25.80), while Sofia Ramirez-Maciel finished seventh in the triple jump (10.79 meters) and Alex Miles was seventh in the men's long jump (6.63 meters).